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b.Spiker wrote: do you hear me FOX?! Probably not, they're too busy counting all the money they've raked in with Avatar. Wink
I would just like to say, holy c**p.  I thought I was the only one who was picky with his DVD collection.

I really hate it when series box-sets are not the same; ex: Family Guy volumes 1-6 are all boxed, volume 7 however is a slipcase DVD.  A great example... Entourage season's 1 and 2 had a hardcover-like case, that had magnets to help seal it shut.. then they got rid of that and opt for a weak cardboard slipcase.

The snaps don't bother me much, as long as I don't accidently break one when I try and open the case.

I hate it when WalMart or other retailers put their price stickers on the slipcases.. because god knows, peeling them off isn't going to go over well.

I hate the new recycled cases..

I hate when a series takes forever to release (do you hear me FOX?! Where the hell is the rest of "King of the Hill"?!)

Double-dips

Remakes

My minds blank now.. I know I'll think of more later.
Here is what I consider some of my dvd pet peeves,
they are the dvds that don't even have a main menu they just go straight into the movie like on the D.C. Cab dvd.
The flipper discs with movies or tv shows on both sides, for example The first Terminator film with the movie on one side and special features on the other side, and the 5th and final season of 21 Jump with 3 flipper discs.
How most dvds now come with no inserts and the cardboard slipcovers that are the same as the actual dvd cover art. I really wouldn't have a problem with the cardboard slipcovers if they were different than the actual dvd cover art.
One last thing would be the disabling of the changing of the audio & subtitle options during the movie. There may be more, but this is my main complaint list right now.
Oh... and Regions....they suck!
When they change the packaging of season sets of TV shows! First they start out in nice fold out box sets then suddenly they change to thin plastic cases! I know it's picky but they look terrible on my DVD shelves!
The R1 "Doubt" blu-ray has a tobacco ad that comes on AFTER you click "Play movie" from the main menu. I have never wanted to smoke tobacco more.

Also animated dvd menus that give away movie endings. See the first R1 "Oldboy" release from Tartan, and the original R1 "Usual Suspects" dvd.

Last but not least, when I finally find an old or obscure movie I've wanted on dvd for a long time and its not anamorphic widescreen. I can't even watch my "Kontroll" dvd.
how about every blu-ray case that has f**kall on the inner sleeve! about 9/10 of my blu rays dont have a picture on the inside, but yet the case is clear (well, blu-clear). seems like a waste.

any dvd case that has a place for an insert, but doesnt have one. my two-disc unrated boondock saints steelcase had plastic insert holders but no insert. same with the special edition of the thing.
James Tully wrote: One of the things that annoys me is language selection on certain studios DVDs. You have to scroll through about 6 pages of frankly obscure languages before you get to the 'UK' option.

I am sure that the UK is the biggest selling area in the region, so why not just put a shortcut for it on the first page?!!


I am sure that the UK is the biggest selling area in the region, so why not just put a shortcut for it on the first page?!![/quote]

It's lazy. Make the DVDs/Blu-rays relevant to the country their released in. The nice thing about a lot of region 1 or region A discs is you go straight to menu or main feature. Unless of course it's Disney then you get an hours worth of ads first.
1.  when you're able to see another version/directors cut of a movie on tv/cable and it's not even available on dvd...i.e. "planes, trains and automobiles" and "friday."  
2.  when the directors cut is only available in just about every other country except yours...i.e. "rules of attraction."  
3.  when both cuts of a movie are not included in a single dvd...i.e. "payback" & "troy."  
chrisman25 wrote: takashistorm wrote: how about having to wait for the fat inbred woman in the electronics department of wal-mart to realize its tuesday and get the s**t in gear!
You're lucky I drank my pop before I laughed my brains out!


so is your computer screen ;-)
takashistorm wrote: how about having to wait for the fat inbred woman in the electronics department of wal-mart to realize its tuesday and get the s**t in gear!
You're lucky I drank my pop before I laughed my brains out!
Except Welsh Wink
how about having to wait for the fat inbred woman in the electronics department of wal-mart to realize its tuesday and get the s**t in gear!
watcher517 wrote: Canadian DVDs that have English and French packaging.
yeah that, fullscreen dvds, digital copies (pain in the a**!)and when good movies come out there are bare bones!! (ex. no country for old men).
ha. we have alot to complain about. we are one of the most commonly "f*cked" markets.

"here's your movie. but fear not, we'll release a better version in a month when you aren't looking"
I hate when some dvds have been sitting at the store too long and the sticker on top sticks to the dvd case ripping the plastic.
haha. my anger right now is directed strictly at the Midnight Meat Train blu-ray. if u press "menu" to skip all the pre-menu bulls**t, IT BRINGS YOU BACK TO THE BEGINNING OF THE PRE-MENU BULLS**T!

also, any of the OG blu-ray cases that had the sticker across the top that tore off the blu-ray logo's paint. most importantly, BAD SUBTITLES/DUBBING IS THE MOST ANNOYING THING EVER! i love to turn on both the subtitles and the dubbing to watch how completely different they are.

and finally, any store/factory that puts stickers DIRECTLY ON THE CASE/SLIP COVER! i dont mind best buy/blockbuster stickers as much, as they are easily removed without problem. (and im such a dork, if it does leave behind residue, i immediately go to the "geek squad" counter to use their goo-gone to remove it)
LACK OF SPECIAL FEATURES, while Blu-Ray is packed with them (example: Australia)

Calling a DVD with a Digital Copy a 2-disk Special Edition.  Digital Copies are worthless

Stickers on the DVD that say, "Loaded with Extras" & that you can never get off

Colored DVD cases

Those little flaps on the side you have to open before you can open the DVD

How after you rip the plastic off the DVD, you still have to take off that white sticker & the top (it usually says the DVD's title)

How Blockbuster tends to have their own DVDs that lack in special features

How on some DVDs, they force you to watch trailers, advertisements, etc. before you can get to the menu

DVD packaging that can easily get ripped like There Will be Blood has

DVD packaging like the new 3-disk No Country for Old Men

Those "collectable" Simpsons heads they release as DVD packaging for the seasons
Another thing that i hate happened to me yesterday. I got two DVDs i had ordered and on both, the cover had been placed slightly above the line of the thin protective plastic of the keep case. The DVDs had then been sealed all round with whatever you call those tape things that on the top one usually have the title of the movie. So naturally, when i remove them, however careful i might be, the tape rips the surface of the cover away. This is easily fixed with a black pen if that part of the cover is black, but if it's not, then you're out of luck. What was left of the shrinkwrap stuck to the spine as usual.
Most of the complaints or positive things most of the people have mentioned, I have dealt with. Like for instance with:

The Simple Life
Seasons 1 & 2 (1) flipper disc
Season 3 (2) flipper discs

Also I have one movie that I bought and the plastic covering on the case was ripped right down the spine. My 3-disc copy of Panic Room had the discs stacked in plastic trays one top of each other. The digi-pack styling of certain dvds is okay, along with the multiple subtittle or audio options is something I look forward to. Cause who dosen't want to hear someone get cussed out in German or Spanish audio.
I know digi-paks have been mentioned before in this thread but i feel it has to be mentioned again, cause there's nothing more stupid than digi-pak packaging!

I can't remember how many times i've bought a movie or a season of a tv-series and opened it up only to find that one or more of the locking mechanisms holding the discs in place is/are broken. What do you do? You can't replace the packaging!
m@tt wrote: It's about time DVDs and Blu-rays were made to only include  subtitle options relevant to the country their released in, no more ridiculous language menus.

Personally I'm thankful for the alternate language options.  Firstly because it's a more entertaining way of helping to learn another language (as a supplement to a regular course) and secondly because if you've got family who speak a different language, it's good to be able to put something on that you can all enjoy.

Doesn't take up a massive amount of disc space and while I found it annoying about 10 years ago, I've learned to appreciate the practical applications.

Can't stand double-sided discs though.  Or cardboard-only packaging, like the red Friends 1-10 box set or the Simpsons Season 11 box set.  Bad design.
I hate when my pet peeves on my DVDs. The colors get all washed out., Any anti-peeve cleaners available?Wink
Oy Noy!
Chris Gould wrote: Or you could just select Australian. I'm pretty sure they speak English.
We speak Oz-tray-ly-an here....
It's about time DVDs and Blu-rays were made to only include  subtitle options relevant to the country their released in, no more ridiculous language menus.
How come Sony is the only studio that has all these different language subtitles in most of their DVD's, not just Spanish but Greek, Chinese, Thai, Portugese. etc?
Or you could just select Australian. I'm pretty sure they speak English.
James Tully wrote: One of the things that annoys me is language selection on certain studios DVDs. You have to scroll through about 6 pages of frankly obscure languages before you get to the 'UK' option.

I am sure that the UK is the biggest selling area in the
region, so why not just put a shortcut for it on the first page?!!


I'd say that Germany is probably the biggest DVD market in Europe and not the U.K. plus no language is obscure to a native speaker.
One of the things that annoys me is language selection on certain studios DVDs. You have to scroll through about 6 pages of frankly obscure languages before you get to the 'UK' option.

I am sure that the UK is the biggest selling area in the region, so why not just put a shortcut for it on the first page?!!
Buying a multiple disc boxset that you know, even before opening, you'll have to take back to the shop because, despite being sealed, discs 2 and 5 are scratched.

Stickers stuck to slipcases that leave all sorts of c**p behind or pull off the artwork.

The re-issue of Casino Royale has a sticker on the outer cardboard sleeve. The card has a matte finish to it so now, mine has a tacky oval shape where the sticker used to be.

I'VE GOT A TACKY OVAL PEOPLE! COME ON!
Double Dips!
No commentary.

Every DVD should have a cast & Crew & Director commentary. Do you hear me Spielberg!

No more new editions of Star Wars! Milked to death.
I hate the way every Paramount release has the language select option pop up when you put the dvd in. Its annoying when you put a disc in, forget about it and come back a few mins later and its still waiting for you to select English. Oh that annoys me greatly sometimes.

And of course special features available in different regions that aren't included on R2 releases.

Canadian DVDs that have English and French packaging.
Digipacks that have panels that hold 2 discs so you are always taking out multiple discs just to get one.
Warner Bros. releasing TV shows with more than 2 discs in amary cases with a bunch of flaps instead of using digipacks.
Not going straight to the menu,

I agree about the "you wouldnt steal a handbag...a car..."

i yell I WOULD! (i wouldnt *shifty eyes*)

tv sets not keeping any order in their packaging -

example- Region 2 Stargate Atlantis

season 1 - in a clear (with like a puddlejumper printer on it and some fish or something) slipcase, and a holograph front.. pretty

Season 2 - slipcase no print on it, no pretty front

Season 3 - A box (then i ordered the region 1 anyways as it was far cheaper)

and now i see them in shops and they are all normal boxes.... and the sleeve design! GAH!

season 1 and 2 had Wraith on the side and a start of a stargate picture that would all line up once you had all the dvds and make a big picture (like VHS used to do with farscape and buffy etc) and then the 3rd season failed to have either on (the region 2 release)

now Monk... for a show about someone with OCD you think they could be consistant... NOPE!

fairy snuff they go red/white/red/white with there boxes but each box is a diffrent kind of box, some fold out, some are those little tiny thin boxes and then the boxes are diffrent heights.


OH YES I GOT BEEF!

People complaining about scene index cards. I've never even had a look at any of these. Just press the menu button and go to scene selections.I guess it's a lot faster with HD DVD (don't know about blu-ray) but it doesn't take that long even on DVD, so why would we need these?

Stephen Etherton: I hate it when the shrink wrap is actually glued to the spin of the case (most recently with the James Bond releases).  It comes off the rest of the case so easily, but sticks to the spin.  

Try using those plastic strip things (in lack of a better word) that are attached to the top and bottom of the case that has the title of the film and whatnot on them. Press it against the spine and then rapidly pull it away and what's left of the shrinkwrap should be removed. Can also be used to remove leftovers of the plastic strips themselves.
I hate it when the shrink wrap is actually glued to the spin of the case (most recently with the James Bond releases).  It comes off the rest of the case so easily, but sticks to the spin.  

I dont mind the little snapper lock on the other side, I just pop them off, and never see them again.
Dunno if this works for everyone but when there's locked down stuff before you get to the menus then put your disc into your player and start it up. As soon as the duff stuff starts showing switch your dvd player off. Very quickly switch it on again repeatedly pressing the menu button on your remote. On my Pioneer player this puts me straight at the menu without having to sit through 5 minutes of "Piracy is theft" b*****ks...
I guess one is release dates, being able to get items quicker and cheaper from the states then in the UK.
Splitting series seasons into 2 parts to make more money in the UK and yet you can get the complete season much cheaper elsewhere offten for just slightly more than part one.
I hate double sided discs. I have had trouble playing more than a few of them, I get tired of returning them. I had to return the Frighteners DC at least twice before I got one that played properly, I have returned almost half of the Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea Volumes and a copy of Carlito's Way. I wish the studios would quit using them.
Cervantes wrote: Without a doubt...mine is when the blasted DVD doesn't bother to include the ACTUAL movie 'trailer'...  I don't want to have to watch 'em on the internet...  Sad

Especially when there are trailers for other movies on there!
Snapper Cases. Keep on rereleasing the same movie with nothing new as in footage
Without a doubt...mine is when the blasted DVD doesn't bother to include the ACTUAL movie 'trailer'...  I don't want to have to watch 'em on the internet...  Sad
Tony DeFrancisco wrote: The fact that some DVD companies still consider animated menus as a special feature.

The Cosby Show on the rear cover refers to the subtitles as special features!
Die Hard Fan wrote: Different and better covers overseas than in Noth America.
And then man created the printer...
Different and better covers overseas than in Noth America.
Those carboard case
Slip covers like the Spiderman 2.1 edition and others. Its the same as the dvd case cover.
No index sheets like there use to be.
Chris Gould wrote: Matt wrote: Options that are locked during playback, such as the ability to switch subtitles on and off, switching audio tracks, and skipping pre-menu trailers or warnings.

Yep, PUOPs suck. They're also the problem with skipping the FBI and copyright warnings etc. Nothing pisses em off more than not being able to switch audio tracks on the fly mind you. WTF should I have to go back to the menu to change audio or subtitle options? It's worse when doing that makes the film start at the beginning again. Lazy programming.

The added thing is, on most authoring programs the ability to skip past items and switch audio and subtitles on the fly is a default setting, so somewhere during the menu authoring process whoever is making a particular disc has made a conscience decision to not allow people to do these things and lock things down--and even if it isn't the default setting it's only a matter of undoing a check box within the authoring program. Annoys the piss out me every time I want to switch from a commentary track to regular audio and vice versa.
Nic_Mall wrote: "You wouldn't steal a handbag" and all that b*****ks


HA! that advertising is marvelous compared to the one we got on Latin America, here´s an idea of it:

It starts on a kitchen where a young kid is drawing ready for school, her brother is sitting next to her and their grandmother is besides them.
Then the mother of the kids enter and tells them that she bought a movie on the street and her mother says one of the most stupid lines ever "buying a copied movie is like stealing isn´t it?" and the answer she gets is "No, I PAID for it".
After this, the boy starts to leave and his mother stops him telling him he has to study for exams, the kid replies "No, I already have the answers" the mother "shocked" asks him if he stole the exam, the kid replies "No, I bought it" the kid leaves, cue the overly melodramatic music (seriously) the woman looks at her mother and daughter and the kid says "like your movie".
And then to top it all of a card says "Bootleged movies look bad, you as a parent look worse".

The most annoying thing is that you can´t skip it!
The fact that some DVD companies still consider animated menus as a special feature.
Matt wrote: Options that are locked during playback, such as the ability to switch subtitles on and off, switching audio tracks, and skipping pre-menu trailers or warnings.

Yep, PUOPs suck. They're also the problem with skipping the FBI and copyright warnings etc. Nothing pisses em off more than not being able to switch audio tracks on the fly mind you. WTF should I have to go back to the menu to change audio or subtitle options? It's worse when doing that makes the film start at the beginning again. Lazy programming.
RIP chapter leaflets/inlay booklets
"You wouldn't steal a handbag" and all that b*****ks

Options that are locked during playback, such as the ability to switch subtitles on and off, switching audio tracks, and skipping pre-menu trailers or warnings.
Nic_Mall wrote: People b***hing about the RRP. NO ONE WITH AN OUNCE OF SENSE PAYS THE RRP!

But the RRP informs the price of the finished product. Granted you may get the odd loss leader, but if stuff was sold to the retailers cheaper then they could pass that on to the consumer.
Does this also apply to the content of the DVD itself? Then I'd have to say any piece of video before you get to the menus that you can't skip.

Let's see... you have the trailers for movies you don't care about and will never see, the studio logo, the distributor logo, the Dolby Digital and/or the THX promo and finally it's vaguely implied that you're a criminal for "stealing" movies.
People b***hing about the RRP. NO ONE WITH AN OUNCE OF SENSE PAYS THE RRP!
DVD Pet Peeves
I couldn't help but think of this when I got irritated with those dumb snap "locks" that are on the side of some DVD cases.

....or how ALL WB movies like to make the Title real TINY on the spine of EVERY SINGLE DVD they release.

Anyway, I'm curious to see what things bother you guys, or things you like about DVD's, Movies, or anything related.

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